Summer swimming season starts in Tupelo

By Emily Le Coz/NEMS Daily Journal

TUPELO – City Pool and the Veterans Park Splash Pad officially open for the summer season today, with C.C. Augustus pool scheduled to open June 6.
City Pool, at Rob Leake Park, is open Tuesday through Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m., except Wednesday, which is 1 to 5 p.m. C.C. Augustus will be open Monday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m.; except Wednesday, which will be from 1 to 4 p.m.
The splash pad is open every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Both outdoor pools and the splash pad are open to all ages, but children ages 10 and under must be accompanied by an adult, said Amy Williams, senior recreation director for the Tupelo Parks and Recreation Department.
“It’s one of our new rules,” Williams said. “They must be accompanied by parent or adult 18 years of age, and they will have to show their ID” when they come to the pools.
Parental supervision also is required at the splash pad, but that facility isn’t staffed and IDs won’t be checked.
Another new rule this year calls for proper swim attire – no sports bras or undergarments – even if you plan to keep on your T-shirt and shorts in the water.
Children who cannot yet swim also must wear U.S. Coast Guard certified life jackets while in the pool. Inflatable arm bands will not be permitted.
“If it inflates, it can deflate,” Williams said. “We need to play it safe.”
Non-swimmers of all ages can become water-worthy this summer through the American Red Cross Learn to Swim program offered by the city. Three two-week sessions will be offered this summer.
The first one begins June 6. It costs $65 for children and $75 for adults.

Contact Emily Le Coz at (662) 678-1588 or emily.lecoz@journalinc.com.

Pool hours
- City Pool: (Starting today) Tuesday through Sunday from 1 to 6 p.m.; except Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m.
- C.C. Augustus: (Starting June 6) Monday through Friday from 1 to 6 p.m., except Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m.
- Veterans Park Splash Pad: (Starting today) Every day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.